Detroit Design Network

The Detroit Design Network is a collaborative membership network of interdisciplinary designers and agencies founded in 2015 to fulfill the creative needs of Michigan’s business community. The Network operates as a design trade association, providing members—firms, agencies and freelancers providing a diverse portfolio of design-based services—with exclusive business development opportunities, educational workshops, community events and much more.

The Network provides members with meaningful support at each skill level and stage of their business journey—from emerging designers to experienced design firms.

Membership fees include access to the Network’s workshops, events, private members-only forum, members discounts and benefits, and other new business opportunities.

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Membership Levels

Basic

Plus

Premium

$60/Year

$5 PER MONTH

  • Ideal for designers who need help establishing their business model or are seeking an entry-point into Detroit’s design scene.
  • This level is open to any individual or design business.

$300/Year

$25 PER MONTH

  • Tailored to designers who can demonstrate excellence in both their craft and their business operations.
  • Applicants are reviewed by a board of their peers, and require a minimum of three years in market, three portfolio examples and three professional references.

$1500/Year

$125 PER MONTH

  • Tailored to established design firms who seek premium exposure within the network
  • Ideal opportunity to identify emerging talent and share their own expertise through mentorship.

Benefits

  • Subscription to exclusive Design Network communications
  • Free admission and drink tickets at select Design Core events
  • VIP experience at select Drinks x Design events
  • Access to design skills, business skills and design education workshops to help you establish your business model, develop collaborative partnerships and strengthen your craft
  • Access to limited one-on-one business assistance and office hours with Design Core staff

Opportunities

  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities with established designers
  • Access to business matchmaking opportunities
  • Eligible to be featured at Design Core and City of Design events, Design Core storytelling and international UNESCO exhibitions
  • Eligible to be featured in Design Core storytelling, promotions and member directory

Benefits

  • Subscription to exclusive Design Network communications
  • Free admission and drink tickets at select Design Core events
  • VIP experience at select Drinks x Design events
  • Access to design skills and business skills education workshops to help you grow your business
  • Access to customized coaching and one-on-one technical assistance for business development
  • Eligible to lead workshops and share best practices as an experienced designer

Opportunities

  • Access to business matchmaking opportunities with vetted buyers and potential new clients
  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities with other established designers, representatives from the UNESCO Creative Cities network and a global network of designers
  • Eligible to serve on the Design Network Membership Committee
  • Eligible to be featured at Design Core and City of Design events, Design Core storytelling, and international UNESCO exhibitions
  • Access to limited one-on-one business assistance and office hours with Design Core staff
  • Eligible to be featured in Design Core storytelling, promotions and member directory, with extensive portfolio assets shared with vetted buyers

Benefits

  • Subscription to exclusive Detroit Design Network communications
  • Access to design skills, business skills and design education workshops
  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities
  • Free admission and drink tickets at select Design Core events
  • VIP experience at select Drinks x Design events
  • Access to limited one-on-one business assistance and office hours with Design Core staff
  • Eligible to lead workshops and share best practices as an experienced designer

Opportunities

  • Access to exclusive business matchmaking opportunities
  • Find and hire emerging talent through matchmaking with designers
  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities with other established designers
  • Eligible for site visits with visiting designers from a global design network
  • Eligible to serve on the Design Network Membership Committee
  • Eligible to be featured at Design Core and City of Design events, Design Core storytelling and international UNESCO exhibitions
  • Eligible to be featured in Design Core storytelling, promotions and member directory, and extensive marketing on the Design Core website

Membership Levels

Basic

$60/Year

$5 PER MONTH

  • Ideal for designers who need help establishing their business model or are seeking an entry-point into Detroit’s design scene.
  • This level is open to any individual or design business.

Benefits

  • Subscription to exclusive Design Network communications
  • Free admission and drink tickets at select Design Core events
  • VIP experience at select Drinks x Design events
  • Access to design skills, business skills and design education workshops to help you establish your business model, develop collaborative partnerships and strengthen your craft
  • Access to limited one-on-one business assistance and office hours with Design Core staff

Opportunities

  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities with established designers
  • Access to business matchmaking opportunities
  • Eligible to be featured at Design Core and City of Design events, Design Core storytelling and international UNESCO exhibitions
  • Eligible to be featured in Design Core storytelling, promotions and member directory

Plus

$300/Year

$25 PER MONTH

  • Tailored to designers who can demonstrate excellence in both their craft and their business operations.
  • Applicants are reviewed by a board of their peers, and require a minimum of three years in market, three portfolio examples and three professional references.

Benefits

  • Subscription to exclusive Design Network communications
  • Free admission and drink tickets at select Design Core events
  • VIP experience at select Drinks x Design events
  • Access to design skills and business skills education workshops to help you grow your business
  • Access to customized coaching and one-on-one technical assistance for business development
  • Eligible to lead workshops and share best practices as an experienced designer

Opportunities

  • Access to business matchmaking opportunities with vetted buyers and potential new clients
  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities with other established designers, representatives from the UNESCO Creative Cities network and a global network of designers
  • Eligible to serve on the Design Network Membership Committee
  • Eligible to be featured at Design Core and City of Design events, Design Core storytelling, and international UNESCO exhibitions
  • Access to limited one-on-one business assistance and office hours with Design Core staff
  • Eligible to be featured in Design Core storytelling, promotions and member directory, with extensive portfolio assets shared with vetted buyers

Premium

$1500/Year

$125 PER MONTH

  • Tailored to established design firms who seek premium exposure within the network
  • Ideal opportunity to identify emerging talent and share their own expertise through mentorship.

Benefits

  • Subscription to exclusive Detroit Design Network communications
  • Access to design skills, business skills and design education workshops
  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities
  • Free admission and drink tickets at select Design Core events
  • VIP experience at select Drinks x Design events
  • Access to limited one-on-one business assistance and office hours with Design Core staff
  • Eligible to lead workshops and share best practices as an experienced designer

Opportunities

  • Access to exclusive business matchmaking opportunities
  • Find and hire emerging talent through matchmaking with designers
  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities with other established designers
  • Eligible for site visits with visiting designers from a global design network
  • Eligible to serve on the Design Network Membership Committee
  • Eligible to be featured at Design Core and City of Design events, Design Core storytelling and international UNESCO exhibitions
  • Eligible to be featured in Design Core storytelling, promotions and member directory, and extensive marketing on the Design Core website